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I FROM FAR & NEAR. gloo for Murder Clue. The Obief-constable of Staffordshire, Cap- tain A neon, decided on Friday morning to offer a reward of 1100 for information lead- ins to the arrest and conviction of the mur- drer of Kent Reeks at EttingBhall, near Bils- ton. -0-<X!? $ > < !-? Suffocated in Vat. At the Stamford Brewery, Lincolnshire, on Friday, a man namod Jack Fitch (40) entered the fermenting rat to clean it and was overcome by carbonic acid gas. Plucky attempts to rescue him were madfl by two other employes, both of whom were also overcome and got out with great difficulty. They aftej-wards revived, but Fitch when fttriosted wae dead. To Slow Music. An enterprising French ?entist who £ radices in Montraartre has just pub- Usht)d an original tariff for the extrac- tion of teeth: s. d. Ordinary etr actions. 2 6 Painless ditto 4 2 With music. 16 0 Made to Sit Up. A bath-chairman named Walter Smith, aged seventy-one, who had obtained £ 9 12s. in old-age pensions while he had E980 invested, was fined R25 and costs at Brighbon. Ho was said to have repre- sen Vtn, at his sole income was ten shil- lings a week, earned by pulling his bath- chair, whereas his earnings were twice as fuch. His inve-stmeiibs included JE500 in Consols.   -< t <-t$-<!>-<? All Arranged. A grim little episode is related by the writer of an article m the Chromcle on martial law in South Africa. Touch- ing on the riots in Johannesburg last July, which were watched by many natives, he says: "A story is told of a Quaker lady at that time. When the rumour spread that the natives were pre- paring a coup, she quietly asked her black servant if he really intended to cut her throat. The idea horrified the boy.' who replied promptly that the black 4 boy next door was to do that!" A Strike That Was Justified. One of the first building strikes in Lon- don ió recalled by the announcement that the demolition of the Tivoli will involve interference with the Adclphi arches. It was on the construction of these arches t,hat the Adam brothers employed Scotch workmen (they were, of course, them- selves Scots), and introduced bagpipes to encourage them in their task. The canny Scot discovered that this resulted in too much work being done for the money, and a strike was declared against the bag- pipes. The Adams sent workmen and pipers back to the north of the Tweed, and the work was completed (without music) by Irishmen. Tragedy of Gipsies e east. A telegram from a town in Galicia I (Spain) brings news of a horrible catas- trophe. Owing to the recent heavy mows, numerous hands of hungry wolves have tiled the district with panic. The inhabitants. tired of organising battues, deeded to leave the remains of a dead cow outside the village having previously in- jected the same with a powerful poison. A party of gipsies arrived shortly after- wards, and camped near the poisoned cow. Thi leader collected the pieces of flesh, which were itte^wards consumed by the party. A few minutes later the poorI wetches were seized with violent internal pains, and twenty )f them died after ter- riole sufferings, w.ich no medical aid could alleviate. Snuff Slaves. A story is going the round of the Lobbies I at Westminster concei-iiing a well-known Conservative M.P. who, says the "Daily &ipWin, one oi tile few iium in the House II who are slaves of the snuff habit. He was saving a taxi-cab fare by taking a penny 'bus to Palace Yard, when a strong desire for snuff possessed him. Producing a gold box, he extricated a pinch, and was enjoying I it, when a workman, another snuff slave, who sat opposite, tapped the M.P.'s knee. "Lend its a pinch, guv'nor. We never get a. chance in a buss," he said, and before the member could say anything a grimy thumb and finger had plunged into the box. There were titters from passengers, and the legis- lator left the vehicle hurriedly. Too Smart.. I A policeman's stalwart form towered over- whelmingly above an old, bent man hawking those insignificant items of trade—cards of buttons, boot laces, matches, collar studs. Immeditely pedestrian traffic ceased almost a score of persons stood awaiting events, "very expression one of patient curiosity. The policeman dived into a pocket under- neath his great blue coat, and the feelings nf one of the crowd says the "Manchester Guardian," got the better of him. "It's a bloom in' shame," lie said, rather loudly. "The old man's doin' no 'arm. Can't let no ene, live nowadays, they can't." By this time the policeman's hand had reappeared from his coat—and he handed a penny to the hawker, who responded with a box of Watches and a "Thank you, sir." Amazing Blunder. I The story of a remarkable blunder was re- lated in the Chancery Division on Fri- day. when the Commissioner of Works claimed the rectification of a contract with Sfeesre. W. King and 00., contractors. Tht Solicitor-General explained that the contract ?ag entered into with MeRArs. King in Febr7 &ry, 1908 for the contsrudion cf th? Western District' Post Office building in Wimpote- atreet. The contractors scheduled reinforced concrete at so much per cubic yard, and when the schedules were sent to be type- written this was altered into "cubic feet," and the mistake was not. rectified in the ecT) jes attached to the contract. The tender 'W'Q, for £ 20,000 odd, but under the mistake the price figured at over £ 133,000. Hie Lord- •hip, in aeceding to the claim, said Mr. King's conduct was extravagant, and not •wnsjstemt with common honesty, since the Ilti) was so obvious. He granted caste against the defendant#. The Human Boy. The Human 80y. Uufcside a grocer's shop in a Manchos- t-er suburban road lay a common blue kUgar bag, bulked out as though full, the ?Oouth screwed up clumsily. As I ap-j' P?oaehed (writes a correspondent in the Manchester Guardian") T observed? 'hree schoolboys, their faces giggingly Expectant, peeping round a neighbouring torner. It that moment, though there \Vas no perceptible breeze, the sugar bag roiled over, and I paused to await de- velopments. Presently a highly respect- able old lady emerged from the shop. She caught sight of the unusual object on the pavement, and was stooping to pick it, up, but she checked the impulse and gave it a slight kick instead. This act Disarranged the mouth of the bag, and put popped a badly scared mouse. There was a scream from the old lady, and a yell of delight and scutter of feet as the gratified boys disappeared: ?-e <—<?? <. The Trick that Failed. I After waiting fifteen minutes in a queue >t a pantomime the other evening, says a correspondent in the "Glasgow News," I livas irritated by seeing a fresh arrival coolly ;teP into the queue in front of me. The gentleman next me protested, and said: ou should be ashamed to step in front of people who have been waiting". Have von no ethics?" "I've got plenty ethics:" re- plied the offender, "but I had no matches, an I left inj place to get them." The gen- tleman insisted that he had observed the fellow coming when he was a long way erf, drew evidence from the queue that this man was a complete newcomer, and finally or- dered him to get to the end of the queue and be ashamed of himself. "It's all right, i boss," said the self-possessed one as he do- | taebftd hiniseif from the queue, "tf, dieh/t it -work this time; but nl give you a tip—it nearly always works, for there's, only one i M<)<rtiv& m&n !ike you. in a mJl{ion ¡" v. ■


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